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Three Signs that Mould Inspections are Needed

Erich Kelter - Wednesday, October 05, 2011

As a homeowner, it is only natural that you want to protect your investment, and mould inspections can help you do just that.  But how do you know if you have a problem that needs to be checked out by an inspector? 

Here are five signs that indicate you should be looking into a mould inspection right away:

  1. Unexplained odours – If it seems like one particular part of your home always smells musty, or if it just recently started to have a strange odour, then it is definitely time to start thinking about a mould inspection.  Odours are one of the first signs that you have mould growing in your home.  One way to know if you may have a mould problem, especially inside your ventilation system, is to turn off the furnace fan for a while.  Then when you turn the air conditioning or furnace back on, stand right over one of the vents in the house.  If you smell an odour, it’s time to look at getting a professional mould inspection.
  2. Moisture problems – Mould is caused by moisture that is allowed to sit, so if you notice any area of your home where moisture is a problem, then a mould inspection is in order.  Some common places where moisture could be a problem include in the restroom, closets, or basement. Sometimes it’s as simple as water left over after a shower or a problem with having the humidity too high inside the home.  In cases where water leakage is a problem, be sure to check the window caulking.
  3. Moisture staining on baseboard trim - If you see staining on your baseboard trim especially in a finished basement; you should seriously consider having a mould inspection performed. In some cases mould can start at the trim and grow several feet up the drywall where it can always be seen. Homeowners who fear they may have mould inside the walls should have a mould inspection immediately because this can be a very serious problem.

Knowing the first signs of a mould problem could be the difference between being able to protect your home or allowing it to have some very serious problems.  Your home is one of your most important investments, so you need to be able to recognize the signs of mould before it becomes a huge problem.

Above Grade Home Inspections offers complete mould inspections throughout Barrie and Simcoe County.

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